Cleveland “Cleve” Cornelious Adams, age 82 died Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Hospice Wendover. Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Jesse Cornelious and Ola Mae Shockley Adams. Cleve was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for nearly 50 years, served as a deacon, and sang in the choir. He worked at J.P. Stevens and retired from Doran Mills as a supervisor. Cleve Served in the U.S. Army and received several medals for his service; including, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze stars, Purple Heart, UN Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. He loved flowers and gardening. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. In addition to his parents, Cleve is preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Hendrick Adams.
Cleve is survived by his wife of 17 years, Carolyn Hawkins Adams; two sons, Bruce Adams of Shelby and Mike Blanton of Kansas City MO; three daughters, Gail Adams Beam of Shelby, Jan Buchanan and husband Stuart of Austin TX, and Lynn Styers of Shelby; two sisters, Annette Martin of Mooresboro and Erma Jean Parker and husband E.W. of Shelby; eight grandchildren, Will Beam and wife Jenny, Maranda Adams and husband TC Burgess, Jacob Beam and girlfriend Erika Rippy, Tyra Silvers and husband Chris, Tracie Rodriguez, Matt and wife Mandy Styers, Holly Wesson and husband Jamie, Jessica Randel and husband Tom, Michael Blanton; and eleven great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Friday April 25, 2014 at 1:00pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist
Church with Rev. Greg Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery with Military Honors. The family will receive friends from 11:00am until 1:00pm before the service.
The family would like to thank the Hospice Administration, staff and his special caregivers for all the care Cleve received.
Memorials can be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2338 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Grover, NC 28073 or Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150
Cecil M Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Adams.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com